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Sittings Of The House

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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Resolved,

That this House do meet to-morrow at Eleven o'clock.—[Mr. Frank R. White.]

With reference to the motion which the House has just passed, I should like to inform the House what the procedure will be tomorrow.

The House will meet for Prayers at 11 o'clock, and I shall then suspend the sitting to allow right hon. and hon. Members to proceed to Westminster Hall, to be in their seats not later than 11.30 a.m.

When I again take the Chair at 11.34 a.m., I shall immediately leave the Chamber in procession with the Mace and the usual Officers in attendance and enter Westminster Hall by the East Door at 11.38 a.m.

On completion of the ceremony I shall return in procession to the Chamber via St. Stephen's Hall, and the sitting will be suspended until 2.30 p.m.

Later

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I ask this question for the convenience of any hon. Members with parties coming to the House tomorrow. Do I take it rightly that after you have given the Loyal Address to Her Majesty, the Mace will be on the Table here and that the House will be closed to visitors?

The hon. Gentleman is quite correct—I almost said "as usual". The Mace will be on the Table, and therefore the House will be closed to the public.